City Social Magazine

MAR 2013

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Jets, special exhibits, his origins in Tupelo, and several restaurants, some of which serve up the King's favorite meal, a peanut butter and banana sandwich. Other museums that tell the Memphis story are the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, on the site of Stax Studio, where numerous hit songs were recorded, and the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, developed by the Smithsonian Institution. Stax gives a great history of where rock 'n' roll developed into soul, and the Rock 'n' Soul offers a fabulous overview of all genres—including rockabilly and country—that went into developing America's music. A few other must-sees include Beale Street, lined with its many clubs and great live music; The Peabody Memphis hotel with its daily "Duck March" at 11am and 5pm and so much else, from drinks in its gorgeous lobby to its longstanding retail shops; and The National Civil Rights Museum, housed in the Lorraine Motel, where the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot in 1968. The museum is undergoing renovations for the first time in 21 years, and visitors will be allowed on the motel balcony during this time. Make sure to take in The Witness, an outstanding film based on King's visit to Memphis and his assassination. We stayed at the River Inn, located on Mud Island, a peninsula that stretches by downtown Memphis and alongside the Mississippi River. The quaint European-style hotel is part of Harbor Town, a planned community with homes, condos, and apartments, plus great retail selections and restaurants. River Inn sits at its heart, offering up fabulous views of the river and easy access to its shoreline. The hotel has 28 rooms and suites and fine dining at Paulette's restaurant, a Memphis establishment for more than 38 years, and a full gourmet breakfast is included every morning. Other restaurants within walking distance are Tugs Casual Grill; Miss Cordelia's Grocery, which offers gourmet foods and organic produce; and the quaint Café Eclectic, a bistro and coffeeshop that serves up farm-totable menu items. Cheré Dastugue Coen is an awardwinning journalist, instructor of writing, playwright, novelist, and cookbook author. Her latest books are Exploring Cajun Country: A Historic Tour of Acadiana, Magic's in the Bag: Creating Spellbinding Gris Gris Bags and Sachets, and Cooking in Cajun Country. She lives in Lafayette. Read us online at 45

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